What to Expect
Much of our time training Chow Gar Kung Fu is spent developing internal power or gung. It’s best to experience this firsthand, so we encourage anyone that wants to know more about Chow Gar Kung Fu to join us. See the contact page to arrange a time to train with us.
Training usually starts with Chy Sau – one of the fundaments of the Chow Gar Kung Fu system. We then go on to practise stepping or hand techniques, along with two person training drills.
There is a lot to learn, so it’s fairly intensive for beginners. Pretty soon however you’ll know the ropes. And of course it’s better if you can make it to a couple of classes each week.
Tong Long Chow Gar System
Training methods dating back over 250 years have been added to by successive generations of masters, building an effective and comprehensive training system.
Students train the fundamental elements of the system to develop power, and learn to focus this efficiently; combining the elements of strength and speed, like the attack of the Mantis. Combining this with Chi Kung (Qi Gong) or internal training develops a healthy body, strengthening against strikes.
Hand techniques and forms focus power or chi, while two person training drills illustrate the application of the techniques, developing the confidence and ability for self-defence.
There are few high kicks in Chow Gar as the emphasis is on techniques for close in-fighting, utilising powerful rapid strikes. After a time, training develops shock power. This is where the body works as a complete system, concentrating all the force into one single short, devastating movement.
- Saam Bo Jin | 3 Step Arrow (1st form)
- Saam Jin Yui Kui | Three Step Shaking-Off the Bridge (2nd form)
- Saam Bo Pai Tan | Three Step Slicing Bridge (3rd form)
- Saam Bo Pin Kui | Three Step Parallel/Level Arm (4th form)
- Yum Yearn Kum La Sau | Yin Yang Seizing Hand (5th form)
- Fut Sau | Buddhist Hands (6th form)
- Doy Chong | double arm training
- Lim Chung Chong | elbow-picking hand
- Chy Sau | grinding hand
- Bow Chong | cover hand
- Gau Choi | hammer fist
- Cye Sau | deflect
- Larp Sau | snatch hand
- Narp Sau | hook hand
- Got sau | cut back hand
- Doa Sau | spring hand
- Saw Sau | lock hand
- Chum Chung Sau | sinking elbow hand
- Yong Sau | upward reach hand
- Chuen Sau | transmit hand
- Mut Sau | sweep hand
- Kwor Sau | circle over hand
- Yui Kui | shake off hand
- Pai Kui | slicing hand
- Kum La Ja Jook | seize and hold hand
- Cheet Jeung | cutting palm
- Lau Sau | Leaking hand
- Dun Chung | back elbow
- Ngai Chung | forward elbow
- Jin Sau | scissor hand
- Din Sau | rivet hand
- Soc Sau | shock pulling hand
- Yong Kum Sau | upward breaking hand
- Yum Yearn Kor Sau | yin yang breaking hand
- Lim Chung | elbow picking hand
- Tai Sau | pulling hand
- Kok Choi | angular fist
- Man Dan Sau | single bow pulling hand
- Chup Sau | thrusting hand
- Noi Choi Fun Sau | inside hand and split
Weapons require a great deal of accuracy and power to use. In Chow Gar they are taught after students are proficient in use of their hands and feet. Once a student has developed power at arms length, weapons provide a means to extend this power further from the body.
The weapons used in Chow Gar are traditional Chinese weapons- the Sai, the Pole, the straight-sword, the Kwan-Dao, and the Tiger Fork.
Because in our modern society there is little need to use weapons such as these, weapons training provide a means to increase power, accuracy, and focus, and to train for fighting against weapons.